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Using Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks with 3 Mobile Broadband Huawei dongle

Using Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks with 3 Mobile Broadband Huawei dongle

So there I was in a meeting with a website client at our local coffee bar K Sue Raa in Chandler's Ford, my MacBook loaded up and trying to connect to the internet with my Three mobile broadband dongle (Huawei). To my surprise the '3 Connect' program crashed reporting that my OS is not compatible? I thought this was strange considering I had used it a few weeks before without any issue.

What could be wrong?...... Ahhhh! I recently upgraded the OS to 1.9 Mavericks. That was the problem.

As there was no free Wi-Fi accessible I continued the meeting using my iPhone as my website presentation tool.

When I got back to the office I sought a solution, only to discover there is currently no driver update available from Three for Mavericks. However, this doesn't mean your 3 dongle will not work. There is an easy solution that will keep you connected until a driver update is available. It just needs you to set up the connection manually. To do this, do the following:

Connect the dongle to your Mac then,

Go to System Preferences > Network

You will see something like the screenshot below...

Mac OS X 1.9 Mavericks and Huawei 3 Mobile Broadband dongle

Simply enter the fields as highlighted above (Please note: these are the UK settings for Three). The password can be anything you like.

Now click 'Connect'

You should now be connected to the internet (provided you have signal of course!)


I hope this helps!


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